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Time’s Attack on the Rest of Life: Imagination | Gwendolyn Sasse, Helge Jordheim

100 Years of Now. The Opening
2015, Sep 30–Oct 04

What is the link between Ukrainian city names, the Christianization of Russia under Prince Vladimir the Great, the German Enlightenment and the taxonomies of Russian orientalists? How could a Eurasian history of territorial conflicts, the languages and geopolitics of Russia, Central Asia, Iran, Eastern Europe, and the Caucasus be written? What conception of time would shape its historiography? In an act of historical imagination, the panel will explore the origins of Russian Orientalism, Edward Said’s theory, the constructions of “East” and “West” and their relationship to the current conflict in Crimea and all of Ukraine.

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